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Bug#985470: marked as done (release-notes: Recommend converting /boot from ext2 to ext4 if possible)

Your message dated Fri, 26 Mar 2021 21:40:35 +0100
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and subject line Re: Bug#985470: Bug#985463: debian-installer: kernel complains about /boot partition in LVM install (ext2 filesystem being mounted at /boot supports timestamps until 2038)
has caused the Debian Bug report #985470,
regarding release-notes: Recommend converting /boot from ext2 to ext4 if possible
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Package: debian-installer
Severity: normal

Dear Maintainers,

I did a test installation using debian-testing-amd64-netinst.iso from 2021-03-15 (Debian bullseye/11), chose the LVM option,
and noticed that once the system is installed and boots, the kernel complains with this message:

  ext2 filesystem being mounted at /boot supports timestamps until 2038 (0x7fffffff)

This is not fatal, but is ugly and most people would prefer a system without this message.

The problem comes from the fact that the boot partition is created as ext2 with 128 bytes inodes.

One fix would be to create the /boot filesystem as ext4 with 256 bytes inodes.

The same problem exists in the Debian buster installer and will show up when buster systems are upgraded to a 5.10 kernel.

Thanks for your work!


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On 18-03-2021 21:08, Ben Hutchings wrote:
> The obvious alternative would be to move the contents of /boot onto the
> root filesystem and stop using the separate /boot partition altogether.
> But this is a relatively complex process where a mistake can easily
> leave the system unbootable.  I'm also unsure whether LUKS support in
> GRUB is properly integrated in Debian.  So you're probably right that
> the release notes shouldn't tell people to do that.

OK, so let's close this (release-notes) bug then.


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